Too Long in Slavery

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
This 13-track compilation is culled from Culture's three Front Line releases -- Harder Than the Rest, Cumbolo, and International Herb. All three date from 1978-79, and were overseen by producer Sonia Pottinger. Pottinger had risen in the rocksteady age and was famed for her straightforward, almost gentle, productions, which placed the focus on the singers, not the rhythms or studio effects. She remained a force into the roots age, even while she eschewed the dread sound so popular in the day. Thus, although thematically Culture was a deeply dread band, and were accompanied in the studio by some of the island's heaviest hitting roots musicians, all bolstered by the rhythms...
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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
This 13-track compilation is culled from Culture's three Front Line releases -- Harder Than the Rest, Cumbolo, and International Herb. All three date from 1978-79, and were overseen by producer Sonia Pottinger. Pottinger had risen in the rocksteady age and was famed for her straightforward, almost gentle, productions, which placed the focus on the singers, not the rhythms or studio effects. She remained a force into the roots age, even while she eschewed the dread sound so popular in the day. Thus, although thematically Culture was a deeply dread band, and were accompanied in the studio by some of the island's heaviest hitting roots musicians, all bolstered by the rhythms of Sly & Robbie, these albums had a much lighter musical feel than most cultural offerings from this time. But the lightness nicely counterpoints Joseph Hill's deeply dread lyrics and Albert Walker and Kenneth Paley's sublime harmonies, as the trio offered up cultural and sufferer's songs, fueled by their deeply held Rastafarian beliefs. The collection boasts a number of seminal tracks that went on to become popular singles in Jamaica -- "Stop the Fussing and Fighting," "Natty Never Get Weary," and "International Herb" (but sadly no "Trod On"). The rest of this is set is equally strong, and includes the highlights from this trio of high-quality albums.
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  • Release Date: 3/1/2004
  • Label: Emi International
  • UPC: 724359578026
  • Catalog Number: 5957802

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Performance Credits
Culture Primary Artist
Ansel Collins Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Cedric Brooks Alto Saxophone
Radcliffe Bryan Guitar
Sly Dunbar Drums
Vin Gordon Trombone
Felix "Deadly" Headley Tenor Saxophone
Joseph Hill Vocals
Clive "Azul" Hunt Trumpet
Earl Lindo Organ, Guitar, Piano
Willie Lindo Guitar
David Madden Trumpet
Ken Paley Background Vocals
Michael Richards Drums
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Albert Walker Background Vocals
Bertram "Ranchie" McLean Bass, Guitar
Technical Credits
Errol Brown Engineer
Sonia Pottinger Producer
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